State Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell will support legislation to introduce assisted dying for the terminally ill.
“The ministerial panel’s report is well considered – its focus is where it needs to be, on the very end stages of life for those who have a terminal illness and on the individual’s needs,” Mrs Britnell said.
“Having worked for more than 30 years in direct care of patients, this is a topic I have been considering for many years, long before I entered the Parliament.
“I cannot go past my experiences, both professional and personal, I have nursed countless people who were in their final months – this legislation will provide a safe and compassionate option if that’s the choice they make.
“I think when you have seen a parent or loved one die, you have one perspective on this. But when you’ve nursed people to the end of their life, your perspective is much broader and balanced.”
Mrs Britnell said she has had wide ranging discussions with constituents and health care professionals over the past few months and will continue to do so as the legislation is introduced.
“People have raised very real and legitimate concerns with me, but having read the Ministerial Panel’s recommendations very closely – I can see clearly those concerns are dealt with by the 68 safeguards that are recommended and the Government has said will be included in the legislation,” she said.
“I understand this is a confronting and difficult topic and I have taken the responsibility I have very seriously.
“I believe this will bring peace of mind and encourage important and necessary conversations.”
Legislation is expected to be introduced to the Parliament next month with a free-vote of MPs expected before the end of the year.